XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Golden State” by John Murry

Oakland based singer-songwriter John Murry has released a new EP, Califorlornia, the followup to his 2013 acclaimed The Graceless Age, an album Mojo magazine called “a Southern gothic Americana symphony that twists beautiful, maudlin melodies around the dramatically brutal story of Murry’s personal fall.”

Murry explained the song’s origin to American Songwriter:

“Golden State began when Chuck Prophet threw some ridiculous art-punk 7″ on the turntable. Why he thought I’d want to hear it, I have no clue … The song was damn awful! But the idea we stole from it? Well, maybe it wasn’t … An Eastern vocal melody painted over a very Western rock and roll song structure … I thought, “What could be more California than this?!?” So we played with that sonic idea until we’d made up our own “Paint It Black” in reverse. We took lyrics I had already written down in one of my disorganized notebooks. It was another obnoxiously sunny California afternoon. Like a letter from prison put to music, Golden State represents the absurd and angry world I see around me here every single day. In my golden home. In Oakland, Califorlornia.”

Below, download “Golden State.” You can listen/purchase the full EP (with bonus tracks) here


Non-COMM Recap: Going introspective with John Murry (photos, audio, setlist)

MurryWith just his guitar and his voice, Bay Area by way of Mississippi songwriter John Murry played an emotional, powerful set Wednesday night at Non-COMM. Playing an assortment of songs from his current LP The Graceless Age, he also threw in a stirring cover of “What Jail Is Like” by The Afghan Whigs. See Murry’s setlist below and listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Sleepy Hollow, The National, Peter Murphy)

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Market East shared a new song called “To Walk With You” ahead of the release of Children of Summer, out May 27th [link]

The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival line-up is jam packed with sets by Richard Thompson, Toy Soldiers, Black Prairie and more [link]

Alo Brasil brought tropical sounds and rhythms to their Key Studio Session earlier this week [link]

The National debuted the first video for their upcoming LP with the song “Sea of Love” [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured San Francisco’s John Murry and his deeply personal song “Southern Sky” [link]

Get ready for tonight’s Peter Murphy show at The Trocadero with a video-playlist of five songs we hope he plays [link]

The Swollen Fox and WXPN have announced a show with The Districts, Goodnight, Texas and Satellite Hearts on 7/19 [link]

Sunday morning marked Keith Brand’s final Sleepy Hollow show on XPN; listen back to the full broadcast [link] and check out the song he chose to close out his 27-year run [link]

In a special Folkadelphia Session, we meet Nadia Sirota and Valgeir Sigurdsson and a mix of reinterpretations and original material [link]

Download a 44-track mixtape from 100 Years of Solid Dudes featuring samples of Elvis Costello, Bowie and more [link]

Get a glimpse inside The Breeders‘ Sunday night show at The Trocadero with a photo recap and set list [link]


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Southern Sky” by John Murry

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Southern Sky” by Tupelo, Mississippi native and (now) San Francisco based singer-songwriter John Murry from his new album, The Graceless Age. In February, 2013 Murry was selected as one of David Dye’s World Cafe: Next emerging artists to watch. Murry’s album has received critical acclaim from Billboard, the Wall Street Journal and Daytrotter, and Mojo Magazine just recently gave it a highly coveted 5 out of 5 stars review. Writing about the record, Mojo’s Andy Fyfe says The Graceless Age is ““a Southern gothic Americana symphony that twists beautiful, maudlin melodies around the dramatically brutal story of Murry’s personal fall.” Based on Murry’s addiction to pain pills which led to his wife and daughter leaving him, a heroin habit and an overdose that nearly killed him, the record is dark and emotionally taut, lyrically haunting, yet redemptive.

Download the song here.

Watch the video for the song below.

Purchase The Graceless Age here.
Follow John on Facebook here.